First Phase of Restocking Plan
Fathead minnow: mixed sizes, 300 lbs, approx. $2,400
Largemouth bass: 6-8 inches, 9,500, more than $14,000
Bluegill: 3-4 inches, 13,300, approx. $7,980
Channel catfish: 8-11 inches, 9,500, approx. $14,250
Walleye: 8-10 inches, 950, approx. $4,750
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Augusta City Council approved the three-year restocking plan for Augusta Lake.
"I think all our fishermen understand and our citizens understand that it's going to be a process," said Brian Alfaro, director of the Augusta Parks Department.
The first of three phases in the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' restocking plan calls for 300 pounds of fathead minnow, 13,300 bluegill, and a total of 19,950 of largemouth bass, channel catfish, and walleye. The total cost for phase one is $44,000.
The following two phases will include adding more minnow, catfish, and walleye for a total of more than $21,000.
The city set aside $70,000 as part of the dam and spillway project budget and will help pay for this three-year restocking plan.
"I also want the fish to be restored so that people can enjoy the fishing," said Kristey Williams, mayor of Augusta. "It's going to be a better fishing lake because of the drought and everything that Augusta has done to replenish it."
Alfaro mentioned that the lake has been affected by carp that have come through creeks and ponds.
"You're not going to keep those fish out, so, part of our restocking plan is to get some bass in here that will feed on the young carp and control their numbers," said Alfaro.
The parks department staff will add the first phase of fish in September and October.
The plan is to allow fishing after three to four years.